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If you're looking to up your gift-giving game, these eight thoughtful treasures should be at the top of your list. From a beautiful knife to handmade coffee pour over station, you'll surely find the perfect present in this hand-selected round-up of gifts from the Southern Kitchen Shoppe. Click the arrows to flip through all of the gift picks.

Barbecue ribs

Victorinox Master 7-Piece Competition BBQ Knife Set ($149.99)

Victorinox Swiss Army Cutlery has long been a favorite of competition barbecuers and pit masters alike. So by popular demand, the company has curated a professional-grade barbecue cutlery collection to equip everyone from barbecue professionals to weekend warriors with the tools needed to succeed. 

As barbecue fanatics, we were thrilled to find these essential tools all in one collection: One 3 1/4-inch spear point paring knife, a 6-inch semi-stiff boning knife, an 8-inch chef's knife, a 10-inch slicing knife and a 10-inch cimeter, all with a red no-slip Fibrox handles. A 9-inch honing steel will help all your knives keep their edges and a black polyester tri-fold knife roll will protect each one.
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Blanc creatives roaster

Blanc Creatives 13-inch Carbon Steel Roaster ($310)

Blanc Creatives creates art in pan form. This piece of cookware is handmade by very cool guys in Charlottesville, Va., and while we love their story, we love the products they create even more.

This roaster is perfect for cooking and beautiful for serving. Made from carbon steel, this elegant pan features a large cooking surface, with medium-high walls and two handles for efficiency and ease of transport. At 13 inches, it is also an ideal size for grill tops, the oven and cooking on the stove.

"Since carbon steel offers comparable performance to cast iron, this large roaster is perfect for searing and roasting any chunk of beast." - Josh Conner, Online Buyer
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Miyabi Birchwood 7-inch Santoku Knife

Miyabi Birchwood 7-inch Santoku Knife ($279.99)

An alternative to the chef's knife, the 7-inch Miyabi Santoku is shorter, thinner and lighter but has all the great features of any Miyabi. Crafted with a super-steel core adorned with a beautiful Damascus pattern and a rounded tip, the 65-layer steel construction will give you the confidence to chop with class and certainty. It's one of the most attractive and useful knives you'll ever own.
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Staub 5.75-quart Coq au Vin

Staub 5.75-quart Coq au Vin ($324.99)

Named after the classic French dish of braised rooster in wine, Staub's 5.75-quart coq au vin is the perfect pot for each and every large roast and stew. Its oval shape makes searing large pieces of meat ultra easy, and the enameled cast iron surface retains heat well, even over long, low-and-slow cooking times. In addition, the ridges on the underside of its lid carry evaporating liquid back into the pot, effectively allowing the dish to self-baste. This well-crafted, versatile pot will soon become an everyday piece of cookware in your kitchen.
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Cristel Strate Stainless Steel 6-piece Cookware Set

Cristel Strate Stainless Steel 6-piece Cookware Set ($449.99)

With more than 90 percent of its products made in Fesches-Le-Châtel, in eastern France, Cristel cookware is a high-end brand of stainless steel sauté pans, saucepans, roasters and more for serious home chefs. Today, Cristel is widely recognized in France, the U.S., and around the world as a leading name in premium stainless steel cookware.

In this multipurpose set, you'll get a 10-inch skillet and a 10-inch saute pan, plus a versatile lid and removeable handles that fit onto both pots. Both pots feature a thick aluminum base surrounded by multiple layers of durable, rust-resistant 18/10 stainless steel that work well with a variety of heat sources, whether you’re cooking with gas, electric heat or induction. Bonus: Everything stacks together for easy storage — perfect for small kitchens.
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Smithey No 12

Smithey No. 12 Cast Iron Skillet ($200)

There’s a reason people like the classics. Not only do they represent times we’ve moved beyond, for better or worse, but they also prove that those who came before us were dedicated to the idea that a thing worth doing is worth doing right. This is the idea that inspired Isaac Morton, Smithey Ironware’s founder, to start his premium line of cast iron cookware in Charleston, South Carolina. And it explains why buying a Smithey is an investment in quality, craftsmanship, utility and appreciation for hard work. 

Smithey cast iron skillets are where classical ironware meets modern technology. This 12-inch skillet is the perfect tool for the home chef, whether cooking for family, friends or yourself. Constructed with two simple and functional pour spouts, and with a satiny-smooth, vibrantly polished finish, this skillet gives you nonstick cooking ability with the searing performance of classic cast iron.
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Coffee pour over stand

James Handmade Goods Model #1 Duet Coffee Pour Over Stand ($185)

When a Southern maker meets one of our favorite beverages (coffee!), we're immediately into it. These handmade stands embody what it means to be functional and beautiful. Keep this stand on display in your home, and make yourself a cup o' joe when the caffeine hankering strikes.

Model #1 is a two cup pour over stand with an amazing hand-cut and painted geometric wooden art base. It features wood milled onsite in Springdale, Arkansas and then hand painted. The brass arm features two height adjustable rings to fit most mugs and cups. Each base comes complete with two Hario v60 pour over glass funnels. The best thing about this model? You can brew two cups of coffee at once — one for you and one for a friend. Or ... two for you, if it's that kind of morning.
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Crafthouse by Fortessa Glass Smoke Box

Crafthouse by Fortessa Glass Smoke Box ($250)

Anyone who has ever held a glass of liquor knows that aroma makes a huge difference in how we perceive taste. The crown jewel of any bar set, this glass smoking box reinvigorates familiar cocktails with complexity and depth using actual wood smoke. It’s also easy to experiment with using various types of wood, dried herbs and spices — the smoke box can even be used with your favorite foods.

“This smoke box seems intimidating, but it’s actually very easy to add smoke to some of your favorite cocktails. I love making a smoked negroni … and experimenting with other concoctions. Plus this device looks really cool sitting on our bar.” — Ashley Twist Cole, Editor-in-Chief
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Kate Williams is the former editor-in-chief of Southern Kitchen. She was also the on-air personality on our podcast, Sunday Supper. She's worked in food since 2009, including a two-year stint at America’s Test Kitchen. Kate has been a personal chef, recipe developer, the food editor at a hyperlocal news site in Berkeley and a freelance writer for publications such as Serious Eats, Anova Culinary, The Cook’s Cook and Berkeleyside. Kate is also an avid rock climber and occasionally dabbles in long-distance running. She makes a mean peach pie and likes her bourbon neat.